Brunswick, Georgia   Leave a comment

Day 29-30

On our drive to Brunswick, we stopped to have lunch and do the Okefenokee Swamp tour.

This year, we saw more alligators than ever before. Big ones, baby ones, and medium size ones.

Even fake ones.

Every year we do a tour, we learn something new. This was the first time that we learned that Spanish Moss is a plant and not a fungus. It is a plant because it flowers.

We also learned that the water and air quality of the Okefenokee Swamp is the best in the country. It is all rain water fed. There are no rivers feeding it, therefore there is no pollution. The trees have lichen growing on them, which tells them that the air quality is very good. It actually looked like someone marked them with paint.

What a beautiful ride thought the cypress trees.

Until we came across two young boys in an overturned canoe.

The look on their faces was precious. Kinda like, please don’t tell our mothers. But guess what. Wonder how they are going to explain the wet phones?

Once reaching Brunswick, we had an ice cream social, which totally wrecked our dinner. Darn forgot to take photos.

The following day, we forged to Jekyll Island for an awesome trolley ride of Jekyll Island. The museum displayed the first dune buggy. It originally had a gas motor and it could go up to 35 miles per hours on the beach. Eventually they put an electric motor on it with a battery which dropped the speed down to 10 miles per hour.

In 1794 a French family, the du Bignons, bought Jekyll Island. Their house is pictured below.

In 1886 the island was sold to the newly formed "Jekyll Island Club," the most exclusive social club in the United States. It had a limit of 100 members, among them the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans and McCormicks. A club house was built on the island, a wood and brick Victorian structure with towers and manicured lawns,

and members constructed private "cottages"– enormous residences designed to house entire families with staff. The club was open for the post-Christmas season when many families came down from Newport and New York to relax and enjoy the "country life." I can see why they felt like they could come down here and relax. There’s something serene about the water, the trees, the Spanish moss blowing in the wind and all the beautiful flowers.

Among them are San Souci, owned in part by J.P, Morgan, Indian Mound, the twenty-five room home of the Rockefeller family; the Goodyear Cottage completed in 1906; Crane Cottage, circa 1917, and one of the first condominiums in the U.S.;

and Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style with copies of the Notre Dame de Paris gargoyles.

Pictured above right is one of the few signed Tiffany stained glass windows.

In 1942 the U.S. government ordered the area evacuated because of the war submarines in the waters surrounding the island. The state of Georgia purchased the island from the club in 1947 and turned it into a state park.

I can see why they felt like they could come down here and relax. There’s something serene about the water, the trees, the Spanish moss blowing in the wind and all the beautiful flowers.

Best of all was the wonderful Sunday brunch at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse.

Followed by chill out time on the rockers.

Ending our time with a social to wish the Guidry’s farewell as this was the end of the tour for them.

We will surely miss them.

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Posted March 29, 2017 by carolnbill in Travel

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